Date: Sunday, May 18
Location: Brownsburg Museum and New Providence Church, Rt. 252, Brownsburg
2 – 5:30 p.m. (optional) Visit the Civil War Brownsburg exhibit in the Brownsburg Museum
5:30 p.m. Share desserts in Fellowship Hall, New Providence Church.
6:00 p.m. program: “The Stones and their Stories: A Stroll through New Providence Cemetery”
Dr. Cash Koeniger, retired VMI history professor, long-time resident of the Brownsburg area, and member of New Providence Church, will present an illustrated lecture, “The Stones and their Stories: A Stroll through New Providence Cemetery.” He will focus on some of the more interesting residents of the Brownsburg community who found their final resting places in the church graveyard. Koeniger has scoured both photographic and documentary archives to ferret out these tales of life in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the conclusion of his talk, listeners are invited to stroll on their own through the cemetery, many of whose occupants will have been made familiar to us during Dr. Koeniger’s presentation.
For those who have not yet seen it, we recommend visiting the Brownsburg Museum’s excellent exhibit, “Civil War Brownsburg.” The display, which was developed under the auspices of Virginia’s Sesquicentennial Commission, shows the impact that the Civil War had on Brownsburg and the surrounding farm lands. The Museum will be open from 2:00 until 5:30 so that those who wish can tour the exhibit before the program at the church. Another option would be to arrive a bit earlier to allow time for a walk through this small, picturesque community.
At 5:30, members and guests are invited to join in a dessert social in the rear of New Providence’s fellowship hall prior to the 6:00 lecture. Members are asked to bring a favorite dessert which can be shared with other attendees. Coffee and iced tea will be provided. The lecture is open to the public.